Blue glassy tiger (Ideopsis similis)

The Blue Glassy Tiger, scientifically known as Ideopsis similis, is a species of butterfly belonging to the Nymphalidae family. It is primarily found in Southeast Asia, including countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

This butterfly species is known for its striking appearance, characterized by translucent blue wings with black borders and white markings. The wingspan of the Blue Glassy Tiger can vary but typically ranges from 60 to 80 millimeters.

Blue Glassy Tigers inhabit various habitats, including forests, gardens, and coastal areas. They are often found flying gracefully among vegetation, especially in sunny areas where they can bask to regulate their body temperature.

The larvae of the Blue Glassy Tiger feed on various species of plants from the family Asclepiadaceae, including members of the genus Tylophora and Cynanchum. As adults, they primarily feed on nectar from a wide range of flowering plants.

These butterflies are known to exhibit seasonal migrations, particularly during the dry season when they may travel long distances in search of suitable breeding and feeding grounds.

The Blue Glassy Tiger serves as an essential pollinator in its ecosystem, contributing to the reproduction of flowering plants. Its striking appearance and behavior make it a popular subject for butterfly enthusiasts and photographers across its range.

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